Local digest: A roundup of D.C. area news briefs

April 18, 2014
THE DISTRICT
Chris Brown trial delayed until Mon.

After two days of testimony, the D.C. Superior Court judge in the misdemeanor assault trial of the bodyguard of R&B singer Chris Brown deferred issuing a verdict until Monday.

Senior Judge Patricia W. Wynn told the packed courtroom that she needed more time in the case of Christopher Hollosy, Brown’s bodyguard. Hollosy, 35, and Brown, 24, are charged in the Oct. 27 altercation between the men and a fan outside the W Hotel downtown.

Brown’s trial, which was to begin Friday, was also delayed until Monday. Brown appeared briefly in the courtroom after he was ushered in by U.S. marshals.

If both men are found guilty, they face a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. But Brown, who is on probation for his 2009 assault of then girlfriend Rihanna, faces an additional four years in jail for violating the terms of his probation.

— Keith Alexander

MARYLAND
Boy hurt in escalator released from hospital

A 6-year-old boy whose hand became stuck in an escalator at a Prince George’s County mall has been released from the hospital, authorities said.

The boy, who was extracted from the escalator late Thursday, was released from the hospital at about 2 a.m., Prince George’s County fire spokesman Mark Brady said. Details of his injury were not available.

Rescue crews arrived at the mall shortly after 8:40 p.m. Thursday when the boy’s fingers got wedged under the handrail at the bottom of a down escalator in the Burlington Coat Factory at the Iverson Mall. The rescue took more than two hours.

— Lynh Bui

VIRGINIA
Prosecutors seek to extradite Severance

A felony gun charge is a legitimate reason to extradite a “person of interest” in three Alexandria homicides from West Virginia to Loudoun County, a prosecutor in West Virginia argued in a court filing Friday.

A governor’s warrant and an affidavit from the commonwealth’s attorney in Loudoun is “sufficient” to extradite Charles Severance, Ohio County Prosecutor Scott M. Smith wrote.

Severance, 53, is being held on a fugitive from justice charge in Wheeling, W.V.

Defense attorney Shayne M. Welling has argued that the gun charge is a “sham” pretext to question Severance about the February slaying of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, the November shooting of regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby and the 2003 killing of real estate agent Nancy Dunning.

Police say Severance is part of a probe but not a suspect in the killings.

— Rachel Weiner

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